In a digital age, educating children about the effective and responsible use of technology is becoming ever more important. At Fleet we provide a computing education that develops vital skills whilst also embracing and developing the creative and inspiring use of technology throughout the school curriculum. Children leave Fleet with the skills that allow them to be active participants in a digital world.
Our computing curriculum provision begins in our Nursery and Reception classes with the children given access to a wide variety of technology resources, such as metal detectors, phones and programmable and remote control toys. These can be used in adult led activities and through role play and other child initiated experiences. Many of the resources mimic ‘real life’ technology such as tills and phones allowing the children to make connections with technology they see around them.
Through Key Stage 1 and 2, the curriculum develops core skills in computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
In Key Stage 1, children begin to look at algorithms and understand what they are; using these to create and debug simple programs. Digital literacy skills are developed through planned activities based on using technology purposefully to create and organise digital content. In an ever changing world, it is important that children have the skills to use technology safely and respectfully. We teach children how to be responsible with their personal information and what to do if they have concerns about anything they experience in the online world.
In Key Stage 2, skills from Key Stage 1 are developed further to allow children to take more ownership of their own learning by designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals and solve problems. Children also develop an understanding of computer networks and how services such as the World Wide Web work and the services they offer for collaboration and communication. Within this, the children are taught how to use search engines effectively and be discerning users of this technology.
To continue the developing use of digital literacy skills, learners are able to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
Learners are also taught how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and who to contact in such an occurrence.